Former head coach Ralph Friedgen, forced to leave his alma mater last month with one year remaining in his contract, said his farewells to Maryland Sunday afternoon during the team's annual awards banquet.
"I want to thank my family, the coaches and all the staff in the Gossett Team House," Friedgen said, according to a news release. "I also want to thank the players, their families, the fans and all the alumni. I feel really blessed."
In addition to Friedgen, 22 players, including the 16 seniors on last season’s roster, said goodbye Sunday.
The Terps MVP was linebacker Alex Wujciak. Friedgen called him the "heart and soul of the team," according to a Maryland news release.
Wujciak led the team in tackles with 117 for the third straight season. Torrey Smith earned three awards: offensive MVP, which he received in 2009 as well, the C.P. "Lefty" McIntosh Public Service Award, and the designation as offensive captain.
Safety Kenny Tate earned defensive MVP. In 2010 he had 100 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and an Atlantic Coast Conference-high four forced fumbles.
Running back Davin Meggett got most improved offensive player and defensive back Antwine Perez was named most improved defensive player. Freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien got the award for freshman of the year.
A complete award list is below.2010 Maryland Football Postseason Team Awards
Top Special Teams Performer – Travis Baltz
Freshman of the Year – Danny O’Brien
A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship – Da’Rel Scott, Adrian Moten
George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest GPA – Travis Baltz
George Boutselis Memorial Award for letterman with the highest GPA – Ryan Schlothauer
Alvin L. Aubinoe Award as the unsung hero – R.J. Dill
C.P. “Lefty” McIntosh Public Service Award sponsored by Don & Terry Wilson – Torrey Smith
James M. Tatum Award for Lineman of the Year – Paul Pinegar (offense), Joe Vellano (defense)
Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man – Mike Salvatico
Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year – Paul Lariviere, Chris Rhodes
Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year – Andre Monroe
Most Improved Offensive Player – Davin Meggett
Most Improved Defensive Player – Antwine Perez
Most Valuable Offensive Player – Torrey Smith
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Kenny Tate
Ray Krouse Award for Most Valuable Player – Alex Wujciak
Recognition Award – Pary Harris
Distinguished Contributor Award – John Alahouzos
Maryland Football Fan of the Year – Debbie Beebe
Team Captains - Torrey Smith (offense), Adrian Moten (defense), LaQuan Williams (special teams)